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An outbreak of food poisoning caused by Salmonella typhi-murium, phage-type 12, probably spread by infected meat

  • R. W. S. Harvey (a1), T. H. Price (a1), W. Bate (a2) and D. R. Allen (a3)

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An outbreak of food poisoning caused by Salmonella typhi-murium, phage-type 12, in which 122 persons were infected, is described.

Isolation of the same organism from the drains of two large abattoirs, from pig faeces at one abattoir, and from the floor drains of fifteen out of fifty-four butchers' shops and bakehouses examined, together with records showing that this organism had been recently isolated from pigs and cattle in the neighbourhood, suggested that meat was the vehicle of infection.

We are indebted to Dr E. S. Anderson and the staff of the Central Enteric Reference Laboratory and Bureau, Colindale, for phage-typing the cultures of S. typhi-murium.

We should like to thank Prof. Scott Thomson for his encouragement and advice in the preparation of this paper and Mr J. Morgan and Mr B. M. Jones of the Public Health Laboratory, Cardiff, for their technical assistance.

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An outbreak of food poisoning caused by Salmonella typhi-murium, phage-type 12, probably spread by infected meat

  • R. W. S. Harvey (a1), T. H. Price (a1), W. Bate (a2) and D. R. Allen (a3)

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